Refugees from Kosovo Arrive in Lower Saxony (April 8, 1999)
The Kosovo conflict unleashed a new wave of Balkan refugees at the end of the 1990s. This photograph shows expelled Kosovo Albanians who had fled the civil war. They are seen arriving on the grounds of Braunschweig’s Central Office for Asylum Seekers in April 1999. Behind them are Red Cross aides (background left). During the conflict (April-June 1999), Germany admitted approximately 14,700 refugees. They received three-month residence titles for exceptional purposes [Aufenthaltsbefugnis] and were officially recognized as refugees of a civil war. Photo: Fabian Matzerath.